Reblog: Cards Against Librarianship

So Emily Lloyd, a friend of a friend came up with this, and now I want a set. It’s a librarianship-themed deck of Cards Against Humanity.

For those who don’t know, first, find a set. Cards Against Humanity is a card game where a question is asked from a black card and then people have to select their favourite white answer card from their hand, and the judge determines which is the best answer. Since the subtitle of the game is “a party game for horrible people”, this should give you an idea of what the potential answers are like. It’s hilarious, and best played with a large amount of alcohol and a jumbo box of Kleenex, since the tears of laughter can make it hard to read your cards. It’s easy to make your own deck, since the game designers intend for people to create their own- each official deck comes with a few blank cards so you can make your own questions and answers, and on their website they actually have a pdf of the blank cards so you can make your own deck, available under Creative Commons license. I’ve played a science-fiction themed deck before at Polar Chill and I know that Justin made a Doctor Who-themed deck for Reversed Polarity though I was too busy to make it down for the tournament.

So basically, there needs to be a set of this at every library school for students to play during exam time. And it’s better if it’s located at the campus bar.

CAL card

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Polar Chill this weekend!

Polar ChillFor anyone who is in the Toronto area, this weekend is the Polar Chill relaxacon, presented by the TCON Promotional Society, the group behind Toronto Trek, Polaris, and the upcoming Reversed Polarity. Come out, chill, and actually spend some time in the pool. There will be a pool party Friday night, a trip for Dim Sum Saturday, and a trip to Canada’s Wonderland Sunday, as well as traditional panel programming (because nerds love to talk about nerdy things!).

On Saturday I’ll be leading the discussion “Was the Book Better?”. Talk about your favourite books-turned-into-movies, or your least favourite. Which one was better and why? Or were they both good for different reasons? And to anyone who says the book is ALWAYS better, I have two words for you: Princess Bride. Both the book and the movie were awesome, and I defy anyone to  disagree.

On Sunday, I’ll be leading the discussions “Anatomy of a Villain”, where we talk about our favourite villains and just what makes them the evil overlords of our hearts; “Elementary Dear Sherlock”, talking about the many new versions of Conan Doyle’s famous detective and why is he undergoing such a renewed surge of interest; and “Closing the Gates of Hell: Supernatural Season 8″, where we can dissect the latest season (Castiel! Bobby! Garth! Benny! Charlie! Kevin! Sam! Dean!).

Some of the other panel topics will include a debate between vampires and zombies, and who is the top monster nowadays; Marvel Phase 2, which has now begun with the release of Iron Man 3; a Doctor Who primer, for anyone interested in learning more about the madman with the blue box; a sci-fi themed game of Cards Against Humanity; Doctor Who and Star Trek Scene-It games;  a retrospective on our old home, the Regal Constellation hotel; discussions on Man of Steel and Star Trek: Into Darkness; and a round of ConClue: who’s been murdered this time?

Come say hi!